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breaking overnight, fire breaks out at a palm harbor condo. and you can see the charred balcony as investigators now try to figure out what sparked the flames. keeping the zika virus at bay. tampa's mayor goes on th offensive as the virus spreads in the state. and the road to rio ends in a spectacular show. check it out. the summer 2016 olympics are now officially over. still ahead, the guest appearance of a video game character that looks ahead to the 2020 olympics. good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. happy monday to you. ed bloodsworth is in for span this morning. how is it shaping up?
it possibly could be. everyone headed back to work and school. a few clouds along the coast, another than that, no problems this morning -- coast, other than that, no problems this morning. this high pressure limited our rain chances yesterday and a similar pattern will hold true for today. 85 in clearwater beach this morning. 75 in lutz. 73 in brooksville. middle 70s inland but it's going to be a warm day. the average high is shot of getting a showers and thunderstorms to cool things down. again, a lot of use of the shades. coming up, we will look at the monday hour-by-hour. but first, a check of the roads. how is it going? pretty good drive. overall, a nice drive. we're going to talk about pinellas county. a collision reported for fhp northbound 275 around gandy boulevard. it's off on the side of the
that's always good news. and let's hop down here, a great drive across the sunshine skyway bridge. and overnight construction in sarasota that was tying up the eastbound lanes on university parkway as well as the ramps to i-75 from university. that's all cleared. and everything is back to normal. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> all right. thank you so much. and breaking news overnight, a fire at a condo complex in palm harbor. the flames broke out shortly after midnight at palm harbor condos on coral landings boulevard. fire crews report the condo is unliable. you can see through a -- unlivable. you can see through the burned out window some of the damage there. no other units were damaged. investigators are now trying to figure out what caused the fire. and happening today, local leaders plan to address concerns over the zika virus. several non-travel related cases have been confirmed in the miami area in the past
spread to state's west coast, our area. 8 on your side's ryan hughes is live from tampa this morning. ryan, the mayor is hoping to prepare to keep us safe. how is he going to do that? >> reporter: exactly, gene. good morning. the mayor and code enforce. leaders plan to discuss ways to prevent the zika virus from spreading. it's easily transmitted by mosquitoes and they plan to use this home as a backdrop to show residents how to clean up the properties to rid them of mosquitoes. the mayor will city's efforts to protect tampa residents from the zika virus. there haven't been any non- travel related cases confirmed in the bay area but several have been reported in miami- dade county. gigi manes is on her way to virginia where she will stay with family members until her child is born. she tells us, this is her only option. >> he's our life. and he comes first.
the chance that he had, you know, to be healthy and have a good life. >> if we have to move away and separate for six months, i mean, you know, pennys in the long run. >> reporter: no local transitions have been reported in hollywood where the couple live centers for disease control advises to avoid travel. look for updates throughout the day. gene, back to you. >> yeah, has to be trying to keep this under wraps. thank you. happening today, the first day of class for students in sarasota county. this means you will want to slow down and be cautious approaching those school zones. news channel 8's jamel joins us live. additional law enforcement officer will be onhand watching for drivers breaking the law. >> reporter: that's right. law enforcement will not only
back to school but they are going to be catching people speeding and passing those stopped buses. you know, fines, citations can range from $150 all the way to $450. now remember, you must stop for all school buses. as students leave and board the bus, when the buss are stopped, and when the red lights are flashing. that includes drivers on the other side of the street as well unless there's a median between or in caught speeding past buses while children are getting on and off. and putting those kids' lives in a dangerous situation. now here's a few other important reminders, allow yourself time to travel. watch for other vehicles. pedestrian, cyclists and again school buses. and pay attention to crossing guards and always slow down in school zones and remember, there are plenty of student who walk to and from school.
city leader, county leaders and public safety officials all out waiving and welcoming kids back on the exciting first day of school. again, they'll be out here reminding people to be cautious and be safe. gayle-- >> all right. welcome back to the sarasota students. if you're up they recall morning, have a safe day at school. thank you. and talk about a mess this morning for a sarasota homeowner. look at this. you can see that's an suv there flipped on the side just inches ay this happened near the intersection of wood street. investigator believe that suv driver lost control and then hit a light pole and a car before smashing right through a fence and flipping. the driver only suffer ised minor injuries and was cite -- suffered minor injuries and was cited for careless driving. a bradenton man turns escape artist. he vanished from the back of a deputy's cruiser despite being
escapee. they arrested him after a car crash, handcuffed and put him in the back of a patrol car and just minutes later, he was gone. he is wanted on violation of probation and possession of a controlled substance and now he can add escape to that list. a final good-bye to a much love teacher killed by a drunk driver. over the weekend, family, friends and colleagues attended a funeral for caroline sign, the music teacher she and another music teacher were hit by a man police say was driving drunk and ran a red light. the other teacher is in serious but stable condition and friends say he is slowly recovering. he taught in tampa. well, the road to rio comes to a spectacular end with closing ceremonies. >> yeah, the games were filled with memorable moments that
overnight, the #closingceremonies was trending and meredyth censullo has the moments that got the most response online. >> reporter: well, it seemed apparent planners pay attention to social media because they wrapped up their ceremonies how they started it, with the oiled up guy. okay, i really don't need to say more. i'm sure you will see him on the "today" show. also, kind of interesting, people got a kick out of kicking vegetables? not sure what was dancing broccoli. and rio officially passed the olympic flag to tokyo at the closing ceremony. the japanese prime minister he came dressed adds mario brothers. all right. and-- dress as mario brothers. all right. and every athlete seemed to flip out over simone biles who won five medals. a lot of selfies last night. very interesting. >> she's a popular one. thank you. let's get a check on the
out when i saw mario last night. looks like a great closing ceremony. a quick check of tampa. 80degrees. it's warm and it is very humid. you can feel hit morning. and as we take you through -- you can feel it this morning. and as we take you through the day, 90 by 1:00. 92 later today. only about a 20% chance of a showers and thunderstorms. the tropics stay morning. tropical depression fiono, that storm is weakening. and invest 99, the forecast track approaches the bahamas over the next five days. a 40% chance of becoming a named system. rain chances locally, low for this time of the year, -- only around 20%. the rain chances recover by tomorrow up to the typical 40% that we normally see this time
tomorrow. thankfully, no rain to disrupt the monday commute. more cars on the road, especially out in sarasota. >> yeah, i like the dry roads. by the way, i didn't think you were old enough to know about mario brothers. >> i've had the theme in my head all morning. >> mario reruns. let's take a look at pinellas county. we have an accident. it is northbound on 275 right around gandy boulevard. fhp tells me it's off to the shoulder. i checked the cameras and i don't see in fact, out of the howard frankland bridge down to the sunshine skyway bridge, great drive. and even into bradenton and sarasota. we are up to speed. and we had earlier construction that's cleared from the roadway. traffic looks great now. and i-4 right around kathleen road out in polk county, up to speed as well. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. president barack obama gets back to work as he closes out his presidency. >> still ahead, the first order of business.
how the four-week-old found abandoned is doing right now. first, keeping up to date with what's going on in school with your children. a new app that's helping parent, teachers and students stay in contact. you're watching news channel 8 today. in florida, it used to be that if a child, a senior or one of our four legged friends was trapped in a hot car
8 on your side is helping you get schooled all this month and school is in full swing for most students across tampa bay. and there's no doubt, heavy class loads, extracurricular actives like sports and clubs can become overwhelming for students to keep track of. and now many schools are turning to technology to help parents, teachers and students stay connected. a high school in sb found an easy way to keep everyone plugged in to what's going on at school. >> it for golf and ag. here's one right here. >> reporter: from extracurricular activities to the staying on top of a packed schedule @in ruskin, this high school student relies on remind 101. >> pretty much anything that you have that's important for that day or night, it will text you, let you know. >> reporter: 35 million
and coaches are signed up for remind 101 nationwide. it's a free online service that you can download on to your smart phone so everyone can stay connected with no phone numbers exchanged. >> we are able to give them reminds about what's coming up next the next -- coming up the next day. >> reporter: she says it's simple and can convenient to use and she likes the feature that allows teachers to attach photo, videos and voice clips that can be sent to students. >> it's helpful. not only am i able to send out quick messages, but you can attach files as well. sending students an assignment, it's anal to be sent through the remind message as well. >> reporter: the service keeps contact information private and alews you to access your message history at any time. gone are the days of print-outs
>> remind 101 is part of i keep safe, a safety organization that specializes in student data privacy. and i think what's important here, no phone numbers are exchanged which is a concern for parents. you know, this way you can communicate through the app or the online service. >> and is that stored somewhere so the parent can look? >> yes, you can look any time. >> good to know. thank you. across america, a shooting at a house party leaves more than a dozen people injured. there were about 100 the party in bridgeport, connecticut when gunfire erupted. police believe two people hiding in the hedges started shooting. one person is in critical condition. the president barack obama and his family returned to washington, d.c. overnight after spending two weeks vacationing in martha's vineyard. one of the first things on the agenda is to visit flooding in
communities tomorrow. well the flooding in louisiana forced thousands of people from their home. >> and it left dozens of animals lost and many ending up shelters. to make room for the animal, one shelter sent 18 dogs to the humane society of tampa bay. and get this, over the weekend, 16 of those dogs found forever homes. two still need new homes. >> we have two left. pooh bear is one of he is a little shy right now. and he's still available. and then we have another dog, bell, and she's a mix as well. >> looks friendsly. and calm. >> yes. >> a good -- looks friendly. and calm. >> yes. >> you can visit them monday through friday from noon 'til 7:00. and they open weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. >> welcome to tampa bay you guys. a four-week-old kitten
richey road is recovering from a delicate operation at the sun coast spca. they removed a tumor from her eye. she only weighs 12-ounces. she was found abandoned on pennsylvania avenue in port richey. no one knows how she got there. and while we're on the subject of cats, it's national take your cat to the vet day. a majority of cat owners do not take their fe vet on a regular basis. they're so independent. >> yeah, self sufficient. they go to the bathroom on their own, give themselves baths. >> right. >> they could drive to the vet. >> maybe they should drive themselves to the vet. >> yeah. and it's time for weather and traffic on the 8s. >> cat, you're on your own. get yourself checked out. let's take a look at what's happening this morning. 80degrees, calm winds and humid out there. the humidity has extra bite to it this morning.
morning. a stray shower along the coast. a few isolated showers developing by noon. and they'll slowly start to push inland through the day, similar to yesterday. high temperature, 92. i don't think we will see that many thunderstorms. the rain chance only at 20%. no rain right now. and we've got some of of this shades of red starting to sneak into our area. and that with surface high pressure is going to squash our rain chances down to 20% for today. and with the onshore flow, we can't rule out a 1309ty shower through the first half of the day, along the coastline. and then the flow will drive the showers and thunderstorms inland. we will quiet down overnight. and a change coming for tuesday. moisture increases and watch the thunderstorm activity as it develops and it starts to push back towards the coast. more of a northeasterly flow setting up. and the rain chances go back to the typical 40%. 30% on wednesday. and highs red hot in the low to mid-90s. lows warm in the upper 70s.
morning. how is it looking? looking great out here. just keeps getting better and better. great drive across the bay area bridges. six or seven minutes across the howard frankland bridge. and on the courtney campbell causeway, just nine minutes from memorial highway all the way over to pinellas county. and let's take a live look, i-4 at kathleen road in the lakeland area. not seeing slow downs between lakeland through plant city and down to ybor city. looking very good on that interstate. and 275 at gandy boulevard, they have moved around the camera here. reports of an accident that was off to the shoulder. i don't see anything on the cameras. and there were never delay, traffic looks fantastic here in pinellas. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. the labor day holiday is just around the corner. >> why you may want to consider a last minute get away. first, the recall involving two different automakers and the dangerous problem that needs to be fixed.
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%f0 two important recalls involving thousands of vehicles. the first recall involves hyundai elantras from 2013. the problem is with the brake pedal stopper that can cause the transmission to shift out of park. and another involves mitsubishi. the outlander sport and the lancers. the problem is with a delay in acceleration. just wrapping up the summer break but labor day is in two weeks from today. and you may want to consider a last minute get away. the holiday could be busy because of travel bargains. good for us. they point to low gas prices right now and also some bargain airfare available out there. aaa expects about 35 million
at 5:28. you expect sunshine in the day ahead. a quiet start to the day but with not much to cools down, temperatures into the 90s. but the rain chances come back up tomorrow, up to 40%. and hover at 30 to 40% for the rest of the week other head. quick check of the roads are leslee. a look at travel times on i- 4 through ybor city. holding on to a good drive, six minutes 301 to 275. and veterans expressway off the
fighting the zika virus. as more cases are reported in south florida, one bay area city is taking extra steps to make sure the virus does not spread in our area. and it is the first day of county. but that means more cars on the roadways. we're live with an important reminder for all drivers. also, a dramatic rescue caught on camera. a car dangling off a bridge, a mother and her 6-year-old son are inside. would you look at this. we will show you what first responder did say to bring them to safety. -- responderred did to bring them to safety -- responders did to bring them to safety. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez.